Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake


Caramelized pineapple chunks are balanced by fresh ginger for a sweet, but not overly sweet, cake. Serve this light and fluffy dessert at a brunch or potluck.

Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Photo: Photography / Antonis Achilleos, Styling / Christine Keely, Ali Ramee
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 4 tablespoons melted, divided

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 16-ounce package frozen pineapple chunks, thawed and drained

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 (16-ounce) box organic vanilla cake mix (see Tip)

  • 1 cup whole buttermilk

  • ¼ cup canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Add 2 tablespoons butter; melt over medium heat. Add brown sugar, ginger and salt; stir until completely combined. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple on top of the butter mixture in an even layer.

  2. Whisk eggs, cake mix, buttermilk, oil and the remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture over the pineapple in the pan. Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

  3. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully invert onto a plate; let cool for 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Find organic cake mix, including brands like Miss Jones Baking Co., Annie's or European Gourmet, at well-stocked grocery stores.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
12g Fat
42g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Vitamin A 256IU 5%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Potassium 47mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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